Birdwatching: Kaikondrahalli Kere, 23 Nov 2014

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Email to the bngbirds egroup: It was very pleasant to be able to go to Kaikondrahalli Kere after a long time and find that, apart from the dumping and levelling going on down one side of it, the lake is generally still well-maintained.

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An ambling walk of a couple of hours was very productive from the birding point of view, and we watched the nesting behaviour of the Great Cormorants,

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and the fishing by almost all of the waterfowl. Several juvenile Brahminy Kites, swooping at the surface of the water now and then, provided the raptor touch. The flock of Chestnut-tailed Starlings feeding on the eucalyptus fruit pods made me muse on how species adapt even to exotic trees and utilise them. Some of us compared notes over breakfast; there is a restaurant called Sri Bhema’s around the corner which is ideal for the purpose!

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Many thanks to Prarthana for organising the outing though it was a little difficult for her. Her daughter Tanushree is developing into a good bird-spotter! There were several children on the walk this time, and it was heartening to see.

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Babbler, Jungle

Barbet, White-cheeked

Bee-eater, Green

Bulbul, Red-vented

Bulbul, Red-whiskered

Bushchat, Pied

Coot, Common

Cormorant, Great

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Cormorant, Little

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Coucal, Greater

Crow, House

Crow, Jungle

Darter, Oriental

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Dove, Laughing

Dove, Spotted

Drongo, Ashy

Drongo, Black 

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White-bellied Drongo

Spot-billed Duck

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Egret, Cattle

Egret, Intermediate

Flameback, Greater

Flowerpecker, Pale-billed

Grebe, Little

Heron, Grey 

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Heron, Indian Pond

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Heron, Purple

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Honey-buzzard, Oriental

Ibis, Black

Jacana, Bronze-winged

Kingfisher, Common

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Kingfisher, White-throated

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Kite, Black

Kite, Brahminy

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Koel, Asian

Lapwing, Red-wattled  

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Munia, Scaly-breasted

Myna, Common

Myna, Jungle

Oriole, Eurasian Golden

Parakeet, Rose-ringed

Pelican, Spot-billed

Pigeon, Blue Rock

Pipit, Paddyfield

Prinia, Ashy

Robin, Indian 

Sandpiper, Green 

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Sandpiper, Wood

Silverbill, Indian

Shikra

Sparrow, House

Starling, Chestnut-tailed

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Stork, Painted 

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Sunbird, Purple

Sunbird, Purple-rumped 

Swallow, Barn 

Swallow, Red-rumped 

Swallow, Wire-tailed

Swamphen, Purple

Swift, Un id

Tailorbird, Common

Tern, River

Tit, Great

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Wagtail, White-browed

Warbler, Blyth’s Reed

Warbler, Clamorous Reed

Waterhen, White-breasted

Loved the shades of green that Tanushree pointed out:

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The Akasha Mallige (Indian Cork Tree) is in full flower now:

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Lots of six-footers, too, like this Common Castor:

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this Damselfly:

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This weirdo with more legs than I could count, and backpacks, too!

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Some abstract images caught my eye, too:

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Some bird seemed to have built its nest with soft, inviting straw rather than the usual twigs…de luxe residence!

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The gatekeeper’s dog was a real dish:

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Here are two Tigers to bid you goodbye for now!

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Deepa Mohan is a freelance writer and avid naturalist.